Light: The missing piece of the wellness puzzle 

For as long as we can remember, diet, exercise and hydration have been promoted as important means of wellness. However, there is one element not talked about enough: light. Light provides functional support for the human body and is a vital piece of the wellness puzzle. 

If you have yet to indulge in the goodness that is light therapy, now is the time. Professional athletes, movie stars and biohackers have been using light as a mode of wellness for many years to enhance performance and keep the body in prime condition. Now, light therapy is more available and affordable for everyday people wanting to optimize their health. 

Red Light Therapy Bed

Light Emitting Diode (LED) therapy, also known as red light therapy, low level light therapy or photobiomodulation (PBM), is a process that uses varying wavelengths of light including red and infrared light for a non-invasive, soothing and gentle treatment. It sets in motion the body’s inherent pain-relieving process while promoting total body wellness and peak physiological function.

This type of treatment is typically approached with hesitation by the consumer, but the results speak for themselves. Below is a list of the benefits from light therapy:

  • Increases nitric oxide levels (for more on the benefits of nitric oxide: Podcast Link Here)
  • Improves circulation & reduces lactic acid build up
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Provides testosterone enhancement for men
  • Optimizes sleep
  • Reduces wrinkles, fine lines and acne
  • Stimulates collagen & elastin production
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Decreases joint pain and stiffness
  • Accelerates healing
  • Improves brain, mood & heart function

LED does not contain ultraviolet rays which therefore makes it safe for regular use. Consistency is key. Using red light therapy on a regular basis will maximize results. However; in most cases, you will begin to see positive results after just one use; typically in the areas of skin, soreness and pain!

Man on lightstim bed

All red light devices are not created equal. It is important to ensure the device you choose (either full bed, handheld and/or single panels) is high quality.

At Victory Men’s Health, we use the LightStim LED Bed, which is the first LED bed to receive FDA Clearance. It is FDA cleared to relieve arthritic pain, a variety of minor aches and pains, relax muscles and increase local blood circulation. The LightStim bed delivers a comprehensive full body treatment with 18,240 medical grade LEDs. The unique, custom design ensures the closest proximity of the skin to the light source for superior results. It also includes sophisticated sensors that monitor and adjust body temperature on a millisecond-by-millisecond basis for consistent tissue temperature and increased blood flow throughout the entire body.

To book your session or talk to one of our team members regarding red light therapy, please contact us below

Victory Men’s Health Town and Country, MO

Available at the Town & Country, Missouri clinic only. 

Semaglutide vs Phentermine?

Phentermine has been used in weight loss therapy since the 90’s and was approved for long-term use in 2012. Semaglutide is the newest weight loss drug, receiving its FDA approval in 2021. 

Which is the better medication?

Phentermine is a central nervous stimulant and “anorectic” (hunger suppressing) medication. Taking phentermine increases the neurotransmitters in the brain that give us energy and decrease hunger.

Semaglutide belongs to a class of medication called GLP-1. This medication mimics a peptide our body naturally makes called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is secreted by the intestines and has multiple functions within the body. Semaglutide is 94% like the peptide already made naturally by our body.

Man having consultation with female nurse

How do these medications cause weight loss?

Phentermine causes weight loss primarily through the loss of appetite. Phentermine acts like more of stimulant. 

Semaglutide slows down the movement of the intestinal tract. Keeping food in the stomach longer keeps you full for longer. It also acts on the brain to decrease hunger, increase satisfaction, and changing food preferences in favor of healthier options.  Semaglutide also improves the body’s response to insulin, a term called “insulin sensitivity,” which positively affects blood sugar levels and weight loss.

What kind of side effects do these mediations have?

Phentermine’s most common side effects are dry mouth, jitters, increased heart rate, anxiety, irritability, constipation, and insomnia. Most patients only experience a handful of side effects, if any, and these are usually mild and well-tolerated.

Semaglutide’s most common side effects are mild nausea, diarrhea or constipation, fatigue, and headache. Again, many patients only experience one or two side effects and these are usually mild and well-tolerated. We rarely have patients quit semaglutide due to side effects.

How are they administered?

Semaglutide is a once-weekly injection that is either administered via an autoinjector pen or drawn up into a syringe and injected. The medication is injected into a fatty portion of the arm, stomach, or thigh.

Phentermine is a daily capsule. 

Call your nearest Victory Men’s Health location to book a consultation and let us help you reach your goals.

To schedule an appointment:

Victory Men’s Health O’Fallon, IL 618.632.9000

Victory Men’s Health Town and Country, MO 314.833.9000

Victory Men’s Health Winghaven, MO 636.229.9000